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Countdown to the Top 5 Causes of Blocked Drains

These are our Top 5 Reasons why you might have a Blocked Drain so make sure you aren't fooled by some of these misconceptions. We see all these cases nearly everyday so we want to share an insight into some of the things that could be causing you or could cause you some grief.

5 Common Blocked Drain Issues

#5 “Flushable” Wipes

This is one of the most common misconceptions around. There are so many companies around displaying that their products are “flushable” when we all know that the only thing that IS flushable, is toilet paper. So, don't be fooled when you see wipes or other products stating that they are “flushable” because they won't break down enough to flow through your sewerage lines.

#4 Too much Toilet Paper

This is an easy fix, too often people are flushing too much toilet paper. As much as toilet paper can break down, a whole clump of it will get stuck in your drains. The easiest way to solve it, only use what you need and it will go down smoothly.

#3 Greases and Fats

This is obviously more common for when the kitchen sink backs up but is still quite relevant and is one of the most common reasons why you could have a blocked drain. The greases and oils and fats, mainly from your cooking tends to get poured down your sink which is a big no no, especially in the colder Winter months. We all know fats and oils thicken up when they get put in a cold environment, like a fridge, so when they sit in your drains and build up. They clinch onto your drains and catch anything else that gets flushed down a toilet, or drained down a sink.

#2 Broken Pipes

Whether you have relatively new PVC pipes or old Clay Pipes a major factor of Blocked Drains are broken or damaged pipes, once the pipe collapses or separates, it opens the door for anything to become stuck.

#1 Tree Roots

By far the most common cause of a Blocked Drain is tree roots, the main reason for this is due to the previous cause of broken or damaged pipes. Whether there is a large crack or separation in your sewerage line or even a very small crack, tree roots manage to find their way in and once they're in, there's no stopping them. The Tree Roots strive off of sewerage lines because they have a constant source of water and a food source being the waste.

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